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Rhode Island State Reading Lists

2019 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee

The Youngest Marcher

The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 17, 2017
Ages: 5 - 10

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re...

2018 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee

Ollie's Odyssey

Illustrated by William Joyce
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: April 12, 2016
Ages: 7 - 11

From the creator of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and The Guardians of Childhood comes an grand adventure of valor, friendship, and...

I Dissent

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark
Illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 20, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

Get to know celebrated Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—in the first picture book about her life—as she proves that disagreeing does not make...


(Book #1 of Framed!)
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: August 23, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Get to know the only kid on the FBI Director’s speed dial and several international criminals’ most wanted lists all because of his Theory of All Small...

Ada's Violin

The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 03, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an...

2017 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee

Stella by Starlight

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: January 06, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

Sharon M. Draper presents “storytelling at its finest” (School Library Journal, starred review) in this New York Times bestselling Depression-era novel...

Ruby on the Outside

This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: June 16, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Ruby’s mom is in prison, and to tell anyone the truth is to risk true friendship in this novel from the author of The Summer Before Boys that...

2016 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee

Joltin' Joe DiMaggio

Illustrated by James E. Ransome
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: September 02, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Bestselling author Jonah Winter and award-winning illustrator James E. Ransome knock it out of the park with this tribute to one of the greatest...

The Map Trap

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved...

2017 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee

All American Boys

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...


This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: April 08, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

2014 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTTravis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. A touching, hilarious, and wholly original coming-of-age...

Through the Woods

Illustrated by Emily Carroll
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: July 15, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation...

2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee


Illustrated by Sam Bosma
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Ages: 12 - 99

A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a...